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GMB brands Conservative KCC councillors ‘hypocritical’ after voting in favour of 15% pay rise

PUBLISHED: 10:27 14 July 2017 | UPDATED: 10:27 14 July 2017

Kent County Council offices, Maidstone.

Kent County Council offices, Maidstone.

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Council leader Paul Carter has defended the increase following a backlash

Conservative councillors have been branded “hypocritical” by a union after they controversially voted to give themselves a 15 per cent pay rise this week.

In a report by Kent County Council’s member remuneration panel, an increase of 1.5 per cent was proposed, which would see councillors pick up £13,000 compared to £12,805 which they are currently paid.

However, Tory members instead called for a rise of £1,920, in a move which sparked fury across the chamber, and led to Jeremy Kite voting against his own party.

Opposition councillors labelled it “disgraceful” and “preposterous” as members pointed out they had not enjoyed an increase for years, and that the role should no longer be considered ‘part-time’.

Responding to the vote this week, Paul Maloney, GMB Southern regional secretary, said: “The Tory majority on Kent County Council are being hypocritical in awarding themselves a 15 per cent increase in their pay while implementing a miserly pay increase for their staff working in schools.

“These councillors should forego this increase until such time they are in a position to deal fairly with their own staff who are facing high levels of inflation and difficulties in paying their bills.”

Council leader Paul Carter defended the hike, by saying: “Why should we have to tolerate a freeze on the allowances that were set in 2008?

“It hasn’t reflected the cost of living increases and pay increases that everybody else has had, except us.”

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